1854 · New-York
by [Patent Medicine Receipt Book - A.L. Scovill & Company (New York); Amon L. Scovill]
New-York: A.L. Scovill & Company, Gothic Hall, No. 316 Broadway, 1854. Booklet, cord-sewn in wrappers (19.3 x 11.5 cm.), 24 pages. Illustrated. Advertisements. Wrapper title: Annual Family Receipt Book and useful medical adviser; Every body's book; Family receipt book. FIRST EDITION, THUS. An annual patent medicine receipt book was the third and final annual issues of three, each with a slightly variant title. "Amon L. Scovill entered the proprietary medicine business in New York circa 1850" (Atwater). Prior to this series, he published The Farmers' and Mechanics' Almanac (1850-1863). The book is substantially an advertisement for the patent medicine Dr. Rogers' Compound Syrup of Liverwort, Tar and Canchalagua, with testimonials throughout. It's unclear which specific plant Canchalagua, as the name is used to describe various medicinal plants in Southern California and in Peru. The recipes are an amalgam of medical, household, and culinary recipes. Some pages are dog eared. Wrappers splitting at the crease; and with a stain in the center of the wrapper's front panel, effecting the engraved illustration. Still, near very good. [OCLC locates six copies; Atwater 2-1188].
(Inventory #: 8513)